Lexington police were trying to find a Lexington man who left the Fayette County Circuit courthouse Thursday afternoon during the last day of his sexual assault trial. John C. Buckley IV, 29, left his trial at about 3 p.m., according to a news release.
Buckley was out of custody on bond during the trial. He left the courthouse while jurors were deliberating after closing arguments, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. Buckley was wearing an ankle monitor, but police think he removed it, Roberts said.
Police said Buckley is thought to be armed and dangerous.
According to court documents, Buckley was scheduled for a three day trial beginning Tuesday on charges filed in May 2010.
Roberts said the jury found Buckley guilty of at least one charge on Thursday; however, it was not clear which one. The charges included two counts of first-degree sodomy, one count of first-degree rape, one count of fourth-degree assault and one count of unlawful imprisonment.
He was indicted in August 2010. Two counts of contempt in Fayette County court were added after the indictment.
Buckley has two pending cases involving similar charges, including one in Fayette County District Court for charges filed in March.
Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLPublicSafety